Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the company is beginning the initial rollout of Navigate on Autopilot without turn stalk confirmation, as well as Enhanced Summon. The new features, which were announced by Elon Musk in a recent tweet, will be introduced to a few Tesla owners first, before being rolled out for a wide release.
Navigate on Autopilot could be described as one of the most advanced iterations of Tesla’s driver-assist software. Tesla lists Navigate on Autopilot as an active guidance feature for Enhanced Autopilot that, with driver supervision, guides a car from a highway’s on-ramp to off-ramp, including suggesting and making lane changes, navigating highway interchanges, and taking exits. Lane changes using Navigate on Autopilot currently remain dependent on a turn signal confirmation from the driver, though Musk’s recent tweet suggests that this process will soon be changed.
Enhanced Summon, on the other hand, has been hinted at by Musk for months. Among the features hinted at by Musk include a “remote control mode” that would allow drivers to control their cars from afar, as well as a “follow” option that will enable vehicles to follow their owners like a pet. Leaked notes from the Enhanced Summon manual that were shared in the r/TeslaMotors subreddit also hint at the capability of vehicles to maneuver themselves around a parking lot to reach a target location. The leaked manual further suggests that the feature will be available for the Model S, Model X, and Model 3.
“If your Model S, Model X, or Model 3 is equipped with Autopilot components (see About Autopilot), and you have purchased the optional Enhanced Autopilot or Full Self-Driving Capability package, Enhanced Summon brings Model S, Model X, and Model 3 to you (or to your chosen nearby location) from a distance of up to 165 feet (50 meters). Enhanced Summon uses ultrasonic sensors, cameras, and GPS data to maneuver Model S, Model X, and Model 3 to your mobile phone’s GPS location (or to a location you specify by dropping a pin on a map of the area). In most cases, Enhanced Summon is used by standing outside the vehicle while holding down a button on the mobile app.”
It should be noted that Navigate on Autopilot and Enhanced Summon are both features that are currently being offered by Tesla as part of its $5,000 Full Self-Driving package, which could be purchased on top of basic Autopilot, which currently costs $3,000. Both capabilities were listed under FSD by Tesla after it announced the $35,000 Model 3 earlier this month. The impending release of the two features ultimately provides an encouraging preview for owners of the company’s electric cars, as it shows that Tesla is making headway in the development of its Full Self-Driving capabilities, a number of which are expected to be ready by the end of the year.
A wide release for Navigate on Autopilot’s no-stalk confirmation process and Enhanced Summon will likely transpire within the next few weeks, considering that Tesla has the tendency to start the initial release of new features to a few owners for testing before a wide rollout. By adopting this strategy, the company is able to address bugs and other issues before it starts deploying the new software-based capabilities to its fleet. This has been the strategy that Tesla adopted for the recently released Sentry Mode and Dog Mode, which were also released initially to a few Model 3 owners before being distributed to a larger number of vehicles.